Russia and Turkey "need to boost cooperation on the Syrian battlefield," he said. "Syria's future and the fate of the geopolitical partnership between Moscow and Ankara depend on the nature of cooperation and the level of trust between Russian and Turkish militaries. If our armed forces do not increasingly coordinate their efforts in Syria, it could lead to similar incidents and various manipulations."
The Turkish military and Ankara-backed rebels have tried to liberate al-Bab, one of the last remaining Daesh strongholds in Syria, for months. The Russian Aerospace Forces have recently joined these efforts, launching airstrikes against militant positions in coordination with Ankara.
"While conducting an operation in al-Bab, Turkish forces decided to encircle Daesh fighters, ending up in an area controlled by the militants," the security analyst narrated. "Apparently, this information was not transferred to the Russian Armed Forces in time. This shows that there is a lack of full-fledged coordination between Russia and Turkey in Syria at the moment."
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Army General Valery Gerasimov expressed condolences to their Turkish counterparts, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Hulusi Akar. The incident is said to have taken place due to the lack of coordination with regard to the location of enemy targets.
"On the one hand, there are military aircraft flying at top speeds, on the other hand, Turkish troops are taking part in endless urban combat in a city with no clear lines of contact. There are additional challenges since Russian planes are not the only ones launching airstrikes against Daesh targets. There are also Turkish, Syrian and coalition aircraft," he explained.
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